“This book will provide other families and children guidance during their journey of understanding the disease process and how to ‘enter into their world.’ We can’t change the trajectory of dementia, but we can support all loved ones, patients, and families on their journey, even if it is as simple as sharing a love for ice cream. Beautifully written, with amazing illustrations. The added guide on how to talk to children is such a wonderful resource…for adults too! ”
—Coni Nielson, APN, ACHPN, Advanced Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse
Ice Cream with Grandpa:
A Loving Story About Alzheimer’s & Dementia
After his beloved grandpa’s health declines and he receives a diagnosis of dementia, a grandson must navigate the changes in their relationship. Through it all, he learns that Grandpa is still Grandpa, and their bond deepens and sweetens through a shared love of ice cream.
Includes a guide for parents on talking to kids about dementia, hospice, death, and grief written by expert on grief and loss, Diane Snyder Cowan, MA, MT-BC, CHPCA. Also includes access to a bonus Keepsake Activity Sheet.
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"A moving, effective resource for conversations in the face of dementia and loss." — Kirkus Reviews
~ Maxy Award 2022 Children's Book Runner-Up ~
“As a child therapist and parent, I am grateful for this important resource. Through a beautiful story, Ice Cream with Grandpa acknowledges and validates a young child's experience of witnessing a beloved grandparent change through aging, dementia, and dying, and it supports and provides space for all of the emotions within the process. I appreciate the way the book also honors and celebrates that in the midst of all of the changes, the connection between the child and grandparent endures, artfully balancing grief and resiliency in a developmentally accessible way.”
— Stacey Patterson, LCPC, MT-BC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Music Therapist
Little Squiggle's Lake Adventure
When two giraffes, Little Squiggle and Little Lou, go kayaking, beautiful music draws them to an island. What could it be? They explore the island to find out, but when the unexpected happens, will they make it back to shore?
Co-written by mother and son, Laura Smetana and Stirling Hebda, Little Squiggle’s Lake Adventure is a delightful children’s book about curiosity, courage, and the friends you meet along the way.
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